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Obesity, Weight Loss, Bariatric Surgery, Male Patients, Qualitative Research, Post-operative.
Background and objective
Researchers have suggested that while bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for morbid obesity, patients still experience difficulties in maintaining initial weight loss, over time. The purpose of this study was to explore men’s experiences after 6 or more years of weight loss surgery.
Material and methods
Utilizing qualitative research, the authors conducted a 6-year follow-up investigation to a previous study regarding life after bariatric surgery among male patients. In this study, the authors completed 13 semi-structured interviews with male bariatric patients and explored their lived experiences as indi-viduals and as partners within couple relationships.
The study found three emerging themes: (1) weight loss as a struggle, (2) fading support and feeling alone, and (3) perceptions of marriage and family therapists.
This discusses clinical implications and recommendations for marriage and family therapists and other allied health professionals who may work with males transitioning beyond the initial phase of the weight loss surgical process to include continued social support and utilizing a relational perspective for male patients.
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